U.S Landfill Protocol

The U.S. Landfill Protocol provides guidance to quantify, report, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with installing a landfill gas collection and destruction system at landfill operations. The protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board in November 2007.

Protocol Revisions

The protocol is undergoing a policy revision to Version 6.0. The protocol revision includes allowing a second renewal of a project crediting period and clarifying requirements for credit stacking, among other changes.

The draft protocol is now available for public review and comment below. The “redline” version shows all changes made from Version 5.0 to draft Version 6.0. Please see the summary of changes document for a comprehensive list of all proposed revisions.

Public Comments
Please submit comments on the proposed changes, preferably in MS Word format, to [email protected] by 6:00 pm PT on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Project Registration Documents

Document Description Required Phase Privilege
Landfill Project Submittal Form A proposal to undertake a landfill gas capture and destruction project. Project Submittal Public
Pre-Existing Landfill System Diagram A pre-existing landfill system diagram is only required if there is a pre-existing, active landfill gas collection and destruction system at the project site. Project Submittal Public
Project System Diagram A project diagram is required for non-sequestration projects. See the example landfill diagram for recommended format and content. Verification Private
Landfill Project Sample Monitoring Report – ZCRP This report is required for projects that have elected to take a zero-credit reporting period under the Landfill Project Protocol. Please refer to Section 3.4.6 of the Reserve Offset Program Manual for when and how the report shall be submitted. Verification Private
Landfill Project Sample Monitoring Report – Interim Reporting Period This report is required for projects that have elected to conduct verification for two reporting periods under the Landfill Project Protocol. Monitoring Reports that cover the first reporting period of a two-year verification period must be submitted no later than six months following the end of the relevant reporting period. Please Section 7.3.2 of the Landfill Project Protocol Version 5.0 for more details. Verification Private

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the original protocol development process and previous versions of the Landfill Protocol. Errata and clarifications, public comments, staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

Click a version of the protocol below to access more information:

Please contact the Reserve with questions or comments.